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March 23, 2014

Boeing Military Aircraft Announces Leadership Appointments

Four Named To New Posts Effective April 1

Boeing has named four executives to new leadership positions in its Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) business unit. The appointments will be effective April 1, 2014.

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CAE Wins Defense Contracts Valued At More Than C$140 Million

Includes Four 4 P-8A Simulators For The United States Navy

CAE has won a series of contracts valued at more than C$140 million (approx. $124 million U.S.) to provide a range of training systems and services for global defense customers. These include four P-8A simulators sold to Boeing for the United States Navy.

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AAR Signs LOI With Mesa Airlines For Total Support Of New E175s

12-Year Single-Source Supplier Contract Valued In Excess Of $200 Million

AAR has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to provide support for 30 new Embraer 175 aircraft operated by Mesa Airlines, Inc. The 12-year agreement will include rotable inventory power by the hour (PBH) support, heavy maintenance, and wheel and brake services. AAR will utilize its broad services offering to provide this comprehensive fleet support under a single program.

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Nanoparticle-Based Coating For Aircraft Engines May Triple Service Life

May Also Reduce Fuel Consumption

Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. In tests, this increased the service life of the coating by 300%. This is something that interests the aircraft industry to a very great degree, and the hope is that motors with the new layers will be in production within two years.

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Sea-Tac Airport Unveils Electrification Project

Designed To Save Airlines Fuel And Dramatically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Airplanes get most of the attention at an airport, but a new project to convert the rest of the vehicles on the airfield from fossil fuels to electric power is about to save millions of dollars and tons of greenhouse gases at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Summit Launches Avro RJ85 Program

Forms Partnerships With Det'on Cho And First Air

The Summit Aviation Group has launched an Avro RJ85 program that will initially help service Diavik Diamond Mine's transportation needs through a partnership with Det'on Cho Logistics and First Air.

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Airbus Strengthens R&T Cooperation With China

Companies Will Work To Identify New Applications For 3D Printing In Commercial Aviation

Airbus and China’s North Western Polytechnical University (NPU) have signed a cooperation agreement on exploring ways to further apply 3D printing technology in the commercial aviation sector. Under this new agreement, NPU will manufacture test specimens of titanium alloy parts for Airbus using its Laser Solid Forming technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.14): Height Above Touchdown

Height Above Touchdown The height of the Decision Height or Minimum Descent Altitude above the highest runway elevation in the touchdown zone (first 3,000 feet of the runway). HAT is published on instrument approach charts in conjunction with all straight-in minimums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.14)

Aero Linx: The Association Of Independent Aviation Security Professionals Our Mission: To use our experience working for the Federal government, airlines, airports and with technology developers to promote the adoption of meaningful aviation security measures that effectively balance security, privacy and passenger convenience. Overview: The failed attempt by the “Christmas Bomber” to detonate a bomb he had brought on board NW Flight 253, again shows that the aviation security system remains ineffective against suicide bombers. When coupled with earlier attempts by the “Shoe Bomber”, the U.K. Liquids plotters, the 911 terrorists going back to Ramsey Youse

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.23.14)

"A conventional surface layer looks like a sandwich, with layer upon layer. The surface layer we produce with the new method can be compared more to standing columns. This makes the layer more flexible and easier to monitor. And it adheres to the metal, regardless of whether the surface is completely smooth or not. The most important thing is not the material itself, but how porous it is." Source: Dr. Nicholas Curry, in comments made as researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. In tests, this increased the service life of the coating by 300%.

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